Frequently Asked Questions

There are a couple of questions below which we tend to answer more often than others. 

 

We don't believe that one size fits all though, so the answers are pretty general. If there's anything in particular that you'd like to ask, please contact Janey at hello@mummybuddy.org.uk

 

Cheers!  

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What factors are used to determine who my Mummy Buddy will be?

A couple of factors are prioritised when your Buddy is allocated; their location and proximity to you; the sex of their baby; the hospital that their baby will be/was born in; type of birth; and any similairies in how they have described themselves.  

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What happens if I don't get on with my Buddy?

This hasn't happened yet, but at some point it is inevitable that people might not get on and thats ok. All you would need to do is email us at hello@mummybuddy.org.uk and we will diplomatically look at alternative arrangements. This is a very personal journey that you are going through so it's important that you feel comfortable with your Buddy. 

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How much does it cost to take part?

The programme is run as a not-for-profit initiative and it is free to join. 

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How is this programme different from apps such as MUSH or Peanut?

We love MUSH and peanut. Big fans. They address isolation issues and provide a friendly face/faces during lonely times. If you haven't already downloaded them, then we strongly advise that you do. We are firm believers that the more resource you can access at the new mum stage, the better. Everyone's experience is different and there certainly isn't a one-size-fits all approach to motherhood.

Research has proved that it takes 4 month and 23 days (on average) to feel like a mother and from experience it's during that time that you have a zillion questions running around your head, you haven't slept in what feels like forever and you are walking around jet lagged and hungover, without the good night before hand.

 

A Mummy Buddy is more than just a smiley face and a coffee, it's someone who is has agreed to take on the responsibility of helping you through this. Trust me, you'll be grateful for this at the time.

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What happens if there aren't any suitable Mummy Buddies locally?

As a newly established initiative we are still operating heavily in West London, although we are concentrating on spreading our wings geographically.

We believe that living locally is one of the programme's success factors - you are able to meet in person and your Mummy Buddy should be a source of local information on baby classes/groups, decent coffee shops etc.

 

However, having a Mummy Buddy at the end of whattsapp or messenger is better than nothing and we would be keen to provide you with a Digital Mummy Buddy - a real life new mum (!) who you can communicate with digitally rather than face-to-face. We have trialled this and feedback so far has been really positive.  

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How does the programme work?

The programme is designed to be flexible and to work around your requirements. Once you and your Buddy have been put in touch with each other, the Mummy Buddy (New Mum) will take the lead on arranging to meet. At your first Buddy meeting it's important that you set out what you would like to know more about, any concerns, anything you'd like to do etc. Do not be afraid to ask too many questions at this stage! 

 

A proposed schedule of how often the Mummy Buddy should make contact is set out at the beginning of the programme but it is simply a guide for you both to discuss and adapt. 

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What about the Dads?

We know, we know! Janey's husband reminds her of this on a regular basis and it"s something that we are looking into. As Mums, we would be lost without the support, encouragement and timely humour from our babies dads. Dads are more than welcome to come along to events, get togethers and it's up to you how much you want to involve them in the rest of the programme - perhaps your Buddy's partner fancies a pint?!

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janey@mummybuddy.org.uk

 

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